Wolves are among a clutch of Premier League clubs showing an interest in Portuguese goalkeeper Jose Sa.
He is signed up to the Gestifute agency owned by Jorge Mendes, who also represents Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo and players Ruben Neves, Rui Patricio, Joao Moutinho, Diogo Jota and Pedro Neto (as per TransferMarkt).
He has an excellent record with Olympiakos so far this season, having kept seven clean sheets in 10 league games and 12 in 20 matches in all competitions. [via Transfermarkt]
He conceded just one goal in six Champions League qualifying games and let in only three goals in the Greek Super League so far. [via Transfermarkt]
However, he has been beaten 10 times in four Champions League group games, but has still averaged a very impressive 4.5 saves per match in the Champions League, so Olympiakos’ plight at the bottom of Group B in the competition may well be even worse without his contribution.
As with the Portuguese national team, his route to a starting spot could be blocked by Patricio if he came to Wolves. The 31-year-old has been ever-present in the Premier League and Europa League group stage for Nuno’s side this season, conceding 21 goals in as many games (as per TransferMarkt).
Sa’s potential arrival could spell bad news for 33-year-old John Ruddy, who played 45 games in Wolves’ Championship-winning 2017/18 season but has been limited mainly to domestic cup appearances since then. [via TransferMarkt]
If Sa does end up at Molineux, he would probably need to earn his place ahead of Patricio rather than going straight into the team, given Nuno’s faith in the latter.
However, with both Patricio and Ruddy in their 30s, Wolves may need to look at younger alternatives soon, and Sa’s record for Olympiakos is very impressive, even if his Champions League fortunes show up the comparative limitations of domestic football in Greece.
With a clean sheet record like his, and at the age of just 26, a fee of £12.84m seems a very reasonable price to pay if Wolves decide to make an offer for him in January.
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